Solomon Built the Temple
When David was king, he wanted to build a temple for God, but God did not allow him to. “When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant ... and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever” (2 Sam. 7:12-13). God said King David’s son would build the temple.
King Solomon began to gather materials to build the temple. He ordered cedar and cypress timbers from Lebanon. He gathered 30,000 men from all of Israel as laborers to excavate stone and prepare the timbers for the temple’s construction.
The temple was impressive. The entire interior was cedar. King Solomon had everything covered with gold. In all, it took seven years for the temple to be completed. Inside the temple was furniture and accessories. (See 1 Kings 7:48-50.)
The time came to dedicate the temple. All of the Israelites gathered in Jerusalem. The priests brought the ark of the Lord to the most holy place, and a cloud filled the house of the Lord. God’s glory filled the temple.
Solomon prayed and praised God for keeping His covenant with David. He recognized that God is not confined to a temple. “Even heaven, the highest heaven, cannot contain you, much less this temple I have built” (1 Kings 8:27). Solomon’s prayer and speech was followed by a great offering to God.
Jesus changed everything when He died for our sins on the cross. By taking our sin upon Himself, Jesus made the way for sinners to come to God. The temple was a place where God was with His people. The people could go there to make sacrifices and worship God. Today, when we trust in Jesus, He is with us wherever we go. We can look to Him for forgiveness and help.
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FAMILY STARTING POINTS
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God knows everything.
Solomon built a temple for God.
Solomon told the people to love God with all their heart.
Because of Jesus, we can worship God everywhere.
What does God know? God knows everything.
God’s people built Him a temple.
What does God know? God knows everything about the past, present, and future.
God led His people to build a temple where He would dwell with them.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
“The Kingdom Divided” (1 Kings 11–12)